Cruice Park Rest Area, QLD (4km West of Woodford)

Day 263 – 6th November 2011
Cruice Park Rest Area, QLD (4km West of Woodford)

This morning we started the day with a walk up to the summit of Mt Tibrogargan (364m ABSL – 3km return – 2h). A piece of cake, not! The climb is a class 5 which involves steep rocky sections and requires rock scrambling and rock climbing skills. Nele freaked out a little bit as there was a steep rock climbing section with a sheer drop down (she’s generally not scared of heights but in these situations a bit of a panic caused by height fear pops up), but we made it to the top and back down safely. The views did reward us as you could see all the other peaks, all the way to the coast and even see Brisbane in the background. It seems a popular climb as quite a few people were doing it (locals and tourists). On the way back a whole busload of young backpackers were climbing up so it was starting to feel like peak hour traffic. There were even some families with little kids doing this walk - Nele thought they were very brave (kids don’t have fear I guess). Next we drove to the Glass House Mountains Info Centre and they recommended doing the Mt Ngungun climb (253m ABSL – 2.4km return – 1h). This was only a class 4 so still steep but no issues. At the top you get a 360 degree view and as the weather was great today, it was just amazing! Afterwards we drove to Wild Horse Mountain (123m ABSL), named after the brumbies that once lived here. Another steep walk to the lookout but you get a great view of Pumicestone Passage with Bribie and Moreton Island, several coastal towns, the Glass House Mountains and surrounding forestry plantations. We continued on our way to Woodford via Peachester where we had lunch. At the Woodford Visitor Information Centre we gathered some more info on the region and decided to take the scenic drive to Mt Mee with great scenery and Dahmongah lookout along the way. We drove to The Gantry (a large shed which formed part of the Hancock’s sawmill) in the Mt Mee State Forest and took a short walk to the Falls Lookout but the falls were pretty dry. Afterwards we backtracked to Woodford and set up camp.

On top of Mt Tibrogargan

Great views



Great view of the other volcanic mountains

Mt Beerwah and Mt Coonowrin

Walking back down

Nele sliding down on the steeper bits

Scary steep parts along the track but rewarding views

View of Mt Tibrogargan along the walk up Mt Ngungun

Mt Ngungun walk

View from Mt Ngungun summit


Nele standing at the very top

View of Mt Beerwah and Mt Coonowrin

Walk up Wild Horse Mountain

View of the Glass House Mountains from top of Wild Horse Mountain

View to the coast

View of Bribie Island

The Bruce Highway runs along the Glass House Mountains
and the Wild Horse Mountain Lookout is only a short
detour and very much worth it if you are travelling through

Wild Horse Mountain Lookout

Scenic drive to Mt Mee

Drive to Mt Mee State Forest


The Gantry, Mt Mee State Forest

Having a chat with the locals


Great views along the drive

Cruice Park Rest Area

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